Mean Streak makeover underway at Cedar Point, no announcement yet

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Cedar Point's Mean Streak roller coaster, which closed last month, is in the midst of a dramatic makeover that coaster fans say could make it one of the best rides in the park. Steel track appears near the ride, along with Rocky Mountain Construction vehicles.

Read more and see photos from The Plain Dealer.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:26 PM

cmwein said:

But I have seen crazier things done than retrofit Mean Streak by the opening day of 2017.

Woot woot! Like Six Flags Magic Mountain once again running Revolution with NO shoulder bars. Everyone and their brother insisted that would never ever evar happen. A little less shocking, Texas Cyclone lost it's coffin-wraps on it's trains the last few years it operated.

Son of Beast... things happen!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:33 PM

^ ^ They should totally rename Mean Streak "Devil's Advocate."

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Friday, November 18, 2016 9:25 AM

RMC did nothing wrong by saying no new projects to open in 2017 as they told the truth. CP has already announced their 2017 additions and meanstreak was not announced because it is for 2018. It's not their fault that some idiots think it's opening in 6 months. As i said earlier in this thread the announcement will come in August when they normally make their offical announcements.

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Friday, November 18, 2016 9:38 AM

Idiots? What makes them idiots?

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Friday, November 18, 2016 10:21 AM

The facts they refuse to believe ;-)

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Friday, November 18, 2016 11:26 AM

Jeff said:

Idiots? What makes them idiots?

They disagree with me.

(Note: I actually don't care about Mean Streak at all. This is just for snarkiness.)

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Friday, November 18, 2016 11:27 AM
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Friday, November 18, 2016 12:43 PM

Although I don't deny that this is a 2018 project, I see no reason that it couldn't have been done in 2017. 19 months seems like a long time to build this... it's not a Flying Turns, after all.

Last edited by kpjb, Friday, November 18, 2016 12:43 PM
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Friday, November 18, 2016 1:42 PM

Take this for what it's worth, I've heard that they don't want to run into the issues Dollywood has had.

Maybe they want it finished before RMC heads to Kennywood? :-P

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Friday, November 18, 2016 2:28 PM

Tekwardo said:
Take this for what it's worth, I've heard that they don't want to run into the issues Dollywood has had.

Which would indicate it has a launched lift hill? Isn't that where Dollywood ran into issues?

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Friday, November 18, 2016 6:01 PM

Has anyone asked the Dippin' Dots guy or is that reference too passé?

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Friday, November 18, 2016 6:19 PM

I haven't heard anything about a launch. Personally I don't see it. That's just what I've heard from two seperate people.

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Friday, November 18, 2016 8:52 PM

^^

IMO,the Dippin' Dots Guy is way more passe than the Lemon Chill Guy. Others may disagree, however

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Friday, November 18, 2016 10:02 PM

Also, "the ice cream of the future" is passe.

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Friday, November 18, 2016 10:36 PM

Tek (or whoever else)- What other issues has Dollywood had with Lightning Rod that they don't want to run into here?

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:09 AM

What issues haven't they had with Lightning Rod? Some early issues with the launch leading to that awkward release from RMC throwing the launch vendor under the bus, then recall on parts (lapbar cylinders?) of the trains that affected Lightning Rod and Wildfire, a "pothole" at the bottom of the first drop, rumors that a bunch of reprogramming had to take place although I am not sure what's true there.

Honestly, I haven't seen a coaster spending so much of its inaugural season down since Top Thrill Dragster. Went in April and didn't get to ride. Going to attempt again next week. I've heard nothing but great things about the actual ride from the few people that have been able to ride though. Hopefully they're past the worst of the problems and it will be reliable going forward.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 1:55 PM

I don't know I'm just saying what I've heard off hand be at least two different people.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 2:54 PM

I only have one comparison that I am familiar with, Twisted Colossus. From Wiki, "...closed permanently on August 16, 2014. Within two weeks of its closure, Six Flags announced that the roller coaster would reemerge in 2015..." It was in fact open Memorial Day weekend, as I got a "I Rode First" button for the lap I rode.

From what I remember, the majority of time of on site construction was prep-work. Once the tracks started going into place the finishing up went fairly quick. Mean Streak modified, in it's new configuration may or may not end up being shorter/longer then it is now. The length of the two should only differ by about 500 feet; not long enough for any significant extra time needed.

Two things then.

1)In the case of Twisted Colossus, the tracks were set up side by side to race. For Mean Streak moving equipment around might be a little more involved.

2)The weather. Bad weather, which did not happen, in Southern California was expected to have pushed the schedule back. I'm confident that the winter weather at Cedar Point is going to be worse this year then it was last year for SFMM.

3)The "starting condition" between the two coasters. 1978 versus 1991.

With everything I have observed, I don't see any reason why CP must wait till 2018 to open. However, it looks like there are enough unknowns that they do not want to promise an opening date until after winter is over.

Still, from the photos I've seen of Cedar Point, it looks like they are over a month ahead then SFMM was, and RMC is probably getting better at it.

Last edited by Sprig, Saturday, November 19, 2016 2:59 PM
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Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:32 PM

They aren't promising it now because it isn't and was never intended to be open for 2017. Period. This isn't speculation. This has been stated both privately and now publicly by RMC. The park would have announced it during their push for season pass sales if it were planned to open next year. But they're opening an expanded water park next year. Not the coaster formerly known as Mean Streak.

I swear, the company confirms something isnt happening and people still think it's going to happen. I don't get it.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:29 PM

Tekwardo said:...I swear, the company confirms something isnt happening and people still think it's going to happen. I don't get it.

My post was based on my personal OBSERVATION, not any companies advertisements/forecasts/predictions.

In what way was my MATH wrong?

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:43 PM

Tekwardo said:

They aren't promising it now because it isn't and was never intended to be open for 2017. Period. This isn't speculation. This has been stated both privately and now publicly by RMC...

Info

A woman who answered the phone at Rocky Mountain Construction said she couldn't talk about the project. "When they make their announcement, we're free to talk about it."

Last edited by Sprig, Sunday, November 20, 2016 2:58 PM
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